A Pictorial History of Sible Hedingham, by Adrian Corder-Birch

A Pictorial History of Sible Hedingham, by Adrian Corder-Birch

Published by the Halstead and District Local History Society in 1996, 156 pages. (N7871)

From the preface: This book was collated and written by me at the request of Roy Tanner, the Chairman of Sible Hedingham Parish Council. It was considered that much had been previously written about the history of Sible Hedingham but never a book containing photographs of the village. It was feared that unless a book was published, many old photographs and the information about them would be lost forever. I was therefore commissioned by Roy Tanner to collect old photographs of the village and select the most interesting for inclusion in this book with suitable and informative captions. In this, I have endeavoured to include, not only street scenes and the principal buildings, but also the residents at work and recreation, the industries and crafts and in particular to record something of the contribution made by the village and its residents in the two World Wars. Principally, the illustrations are prior to 1950 and comprise only part of the total collected. Contents include:

St. Peters Church
The Church Choir, Bell Ringers and a Burial
Sir John Hawkwood
The Rectory
The Friendly Societies Parades to the Church
The Baptist Church
The Almshouses
Street Scenes
Some principal houses
Village shops
Public Houses, Hotels, Inns and Taverns
The Cut Maple and Tower Windmilis
Alderford and Hulls Watermills
The River Colne
Some village crafts, occupations and industries
The Brick, Tile, Pottery and Drain Pipe making industry
Hedingham bricks in use
The Castle and Sible Hedingham Joint Fire Brigade
A fire at Rippers woodworks
The development of Rippers Limited
The Colne Valley and Halstead Railway through Hedingham
More Public Transport and Haulage
The First and Second World Wars
The Sible Hedingham Brass Band and Dance Bands
The Plaza Cinema
Football, Bowls, Cricket and Tennis
Sible Hedingham Scouts
One final scene

The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.